Communication Studies Lecture Series Begins Thursday, Sept. 15

September 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

Join Communication Studies for the first presentation of their lecture series from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in CASB 104.

Dr. Laura Miller will present “An Uncertain Future: Health Communication Amid Ambiguous Illness Trajectories.”

How do we manage illness-related uncertainty in the face of an unpredictable health trajectory? Is it possible to feel certain, despite ambiguous health recommendations, opinions, and prognoses? By improving our ability to communicate about health, we will be better equipped to manage illness-related challenges and tackle the health uncertainties of the future.

Laura E. Miller is an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focuses on health communication, specifically on the uncertainties, disclosures, and information processes inherent in illness-related conversations. She has explored such conversational nuances in a variety of health contexts, including cancer survivorship, teen pregnancy, opioid addiction, and HIV/AIDS. Her work has been published in Communication Monographs, Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication Yearbook.